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Undergraduate Student

Lorelai Mackenzie

Senior, Environmental Resources Management

Minor: Forestry

I grew up in Weyers Cave, Va., and have been pursuing a career as an environmental educator since participating in Chesapeake Bay Foundation programs in middle school. I attended the Shenandoah Valley Regional Governor’s School during high school, where I earned more than a year’s worth of college credits, which will allow me to graduate from Virginia Tech a year early. I participated in the Canon Envirothon competition throughout high school, and my team placed eighth at the North American Competition in 2009.

I entered Virginia Tech as a member of the Residential Leadership Community and took two leadership courses my first year here. Throughout my junior year, I have taken every opportunity possible to build my leadership skills. I interned with the Office of Energy and Sustainability on an Education and Engagement Team. I also organized an alternative spring break trip with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, recruiting 18 students to do service work at the island education centers. I planned several Earth Week events this past spring, including a Kids’ Activity Fair with 90 elementary students from Harding Avenue Elementary.

I spent the last two summers working for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a seasonal environmental educator. I hope to work for the foundation full time after graduation as an environmental educator at the Port Isobel Island center. I absolutely love the organization and the people in the education department. I enjoy spending my time out on the islands in the bay and getting to know the amazing people in the watermen communities. I spend my free time cooking and making jewelry. I am very close to my family and am offering help and support to my younger sister in her schooling and career search.

Honors and Awards

  • Administrative Coordinator, Virginia Tech Community Literacy Corps, 2011-12
  • Thomas M. Brooks Scholarship Recipient, 2010
  • Spivey Scholarship Recipient, 2009-10
  • Awarded “Hardest Working Cohort Member,” Office of Energy and Sustainability Internship

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